Taiwan Today: Gong Li to head the jury of Golden Horse Award, Taiwan’s military monitoring PLA movements closely

Film actress Gong Li has agreed to head the jury of this year's Golden Horse Film Festival

Chinese actress Gong Li to chair jury at 55th Golden Horse Awards

Renowned Chinese film actress Gong Li (鞏俐) is to chair the jury at the 55th Golden Horse Awards following an invitation from Ang Lee (李安), executive committee chairman of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, according to a press release issued by the committee Tuesday.

Lee, two-time Oscar-winning director and chair of the jury for the 2013 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, believes Gong is the right person as she is an important figure in the Chinese-language film industry and has considerable international experience, the statement said.

Gong expressed her gratitude at the invitation, willingness to accept the challenge and unreserved dedication to the cinematic arts, the press release pointed out.

Taiwan’s military monitoring PLA movements closely: MND

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday that the military has a firm grasp of any activity carried out by China’s People’s Liberation Army near Taiwan, and is monitoring the Chinese movements closely.

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will conduct a live-fire military drill in the East China Sea from Wednesday to Monday in an area that is similar in size to Taiwan.

According to China’s Global Times, the PLA’s six-day live-fire exercises will take place off the coast of Zhejiang Province in the East China Sea beginning Wednesday.

The exercises are not unusual and will pose no threat to Taiwan’s safety, the MND said.

Taiwan still willing to engage in communications with China: Tsai

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated Tuesday that Taiwan is still willing to engage in communications with China but will only do so on an equal footing with no political
conditions attached.

“We will never yield under pressure,” Tsai said, stressing that Taiwan adheres to a free and democratic lifestyle and will firmly uphold its sovereignty.

Tsai made the remarks during a meeting with a visiting European Parliament delegation led by Frank Engel of Luxembourg at the Presidential Office.

CPC admits oil tank leak in Penghu polluted land

State-run oil refiner, CPC Corp., Taiwan, confirmed a media report Tuesday that 63 cubic meters of gasoline leaked from an oil tank at its oil depot in the outlying county of  Penghu polluting about 0.8 hectares of land there.

CPC vice president Huang Jen-hung (黃仁弘) confirmed the leak to CNA after an Apple Daily report earlier in the day that detailed recent disclosures from CPC employees to the paper on the leak from No. 16 oil tank at Huxi Oil Depot last year.

Citing multiple whistleblowers, the tabloid reported that the leak was apparently caused by a failure to follow standard operating procedures at the depot. Moreover, the depot managers’ efforts to conceal the leak may have exacerbated the problem and allowed up to 70 cubic meters of unleaded 95 octane gasoline to leak.

Lane restrictions to make way for land crabs in Kenting

The Kenting National Park Headquarters will implement a nine-year-old measure from late July to late October to make way for land crabs as they migrate from inland areas to the coast to spawn during full-moon nights.

Shiangchiaowan, also called Banana Bay, in the Kenting National Park, is an important habitat and spawning ground for land crabs. But ever since the construction of Provincial Highway No. 26 along the shore there, the crustaceans have been forced to cross the highway to reach the coast to spawn, and are often crushed by passing vehicles.

To help the crabs cross the road in safety, the park administration has since 2010 introduced the measure of narrowing a certain section of the four-lane highway to two lanes.

The administration launched further traffic controls last year, closing the two inner lanes to traffic every 10 minutes during the crab spawning season.